Juan Camarena

Camarena

A person of interest in the investigation of a triple homicide in Wasilla is facing more charges. Juan Camarena, who is already in custody on federal charges, has also been charged with two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, sex trafficking and two counts of assault in the third degree.

Camarena, 51, was initially wanted for questioning in the investigations of the deaths of Michael Attwood, 25; Donna Marie Campos, 37; and Alyssa Jimenez, 28. While investigating the deaths of the three Valley residents, Alaska State Troopers found evidence that supported the latest charges, troopers said.

According to court documents, Camarena is accused of raping a person on or around Sept. 10 in the living room of a camper. Camarena is also accused of forcing that person into prostitution in trade for drugs on or around the same day.

Additional charges include incidents in mid-October. Camarena is accused of hitting the same person over the head with a rock, and firing a weapon near that person’s head.

Camarena was indicted on one count of a felon in possession of ammunition in a federal courthouse in Anchorage Wednesday. During the investigation of the deaths of three Valley residents earlier this month, authorities found and seized ammunition in Camarena’s trailer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Attwood and Campos were found dead off Knick Knack Mud Shack Road. Jimenez was later found dead near Mile 10 of Knik-Goose Bay Road. The deaths of Attwood and Campos were confirmed Nov. 3. Jimenez’ body was found Nov. 5.

Camarena was convicted six times in California between 1987 and 2015. The felony charges included possession with intent to distribute meth, assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, evading peace officer, possessing, manufacturing, and selling dangerous weapons, and street gang participation.

Authorities found 16 round of ammunition, of various calibers, in Camarena’s trailer during the investigation.

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